Glass and Ceramics
Glass, pottery, ceramics, and beadwork
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-12-20 16:51
A Christmas card, in the form of a wonderful rendition of the Gower Wassail by Welsh traditional folksinger Phil Tanner, accompanied by a museum-quality video of the Ewenny Wassail Bowl, is available on YouTube.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-10-25 11:49
The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art has acquired a rare 13th-14th century tea jar "widely revered as an icon of Japanese tea culture." The jar, originally made in China, has been used to store tea for over five centuries. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-10-11 17:50
Visitors to the town of Sittingbourne, England have a rare opportunity to watch the processing of artifacts from an Anglo-Saxon burial site. (photos and video)
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2009-10-10 13:26
A joint team of French and Qatari archaeologists is excited about the discovery of a 9th century town, "a remarkable village of 220 houses, two forts and two mosques," buried for centuries beneath the sands of northwest Qatar.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-10-06 14:20
Archaeologists working on excavation of a fortress on Trapezita Hill in the central Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo have discovered a fragment of a 12th century vessel using the sgraffito technique. The very rare fragment bears the name and image of a person.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2009-09-17 14:26
More than 100 volunteers recently made an amazing find at Woking Palace, near Old Woking, England: rare tiles, crafted in Valencia, Spain in the late 15th century.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-08-04 15:44
An amazing collection of Roman artifacts discovered 50 years ago near Brampton, England, is scheduled to go on display for the first time in late 2009. (video)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-08-03 08:16
Researchers in Nara, Japan are excited by the discovery of shards from an Islamic vase dating to the 8th century at the former location of the Heijokyo palace.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-07-10 10:58
Archaeologists have found the remains of houses dating to the 14th century in the Espoo district of Mankby, Finland. The discovery has excited the archaeological community, since late medieval villages are a rare discovery in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-06-24 10:07
What to do with thousands of fragments of medieval pottery? Make them into a mosaic work of art mirroring a 13th century stained glass window, of course! That is what Emma Biggs and Matthew Colling have done at St Mary’s Church, in Castlegate, England.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-05-10 13:08
Cindy Morley enjoys pushing the boundaries with her pottery, which includes "mugs with scales, double-walled vessels that fold upon themselves to create elegant inverted pyramids." The Fayetteville, Arkansas woman's work will be on display at the University of Arkansas' Center for Continuing Education until June 30, 2009. Becca Bacon Martin of the Morning News has the story.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-05-03 17:45
A recently discovered large collection of glass beads dating to the 17th century proves that global trade had reached the shores of North America. The 70,000 beads, which included Venetian, Dutch, French and Chinese glass beads, were found at an excavation at the Santa Catalina de Guale Mission. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-04-03 16:37
Visitors to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will be treated to a small exhibit of ceramic jars, lacquer boxes, and scroll paintings from 15th - 17th century Korea when they encounter Art of the Korean Renaissance, 1400-1600. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-03-22 13:10
Archaeologists working in the Old City of Jerusalem have discovered a piece of Persian pottery dating to the 12th-13th centuries. The shard is inscribed with a quotation from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-03-10 16:09
A Wikipedia entry chronicles a collection of Anglo-Saxon beads found in a cemetery in Sarr in the mid-19th century. The site includes a large drawing of the various beads.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-02-22 15:02
An archaeological dig at the site of the former Rothesay Council Chambers in Scotland has unearthed a rare 13th century ceramic jug. (photo)
Submitted by firedame on Mon, 2009-02-09 10:02
The Crucible is a non-profit arts education organization in Oakland, California. From this web site you can learn many of the skills used in ancient arts and crafts, like blacksmithing, glass working, metalsmithing, foundry, and jewelry making.
Submitted by firedame on Mon, 2009-02-09 09:41
The Crucible is a non-profit arts education organization in Oakland, California. From this web site you can learn many of the skills used in ancient arts and crafts, like blacksmithing, glass working, metalsmithing, foundry, and jewelry making. Their jewelry department includes a tutorial on the ancient art of Viking Knit.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-01-13 09:35
Karen Larsdatter has created an annotated list of sites featuring feast gear throughout the ages from antiquity through the Renaissance.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-01-06 18:41
Spanish archaeologists have discovered a rare 1st century ceramic lamp depicting a gynecological exam. The lamp was found near the city of Leon in northern Spain.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-12-18 11:41
A pottery workshop for the mass production of oil lamps dating to the 2nd century C.E. has been discovered near Modena, Italy. The complex created pottery lamps which bear the brand name stamped on the bottom. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-15 16:01
While it may not be the true Holy Grail, an international congress held November 7-9, 2008 at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain declared that the artifact "has tremendous cultural value due to its impact on history and literature."
Submitted by Justin on Thu, 2008-11-06 16:24
Heraldic Creations will render your personal, household, office, or group coat of arms or badge into a variety of media, including wood carving or burning, painting onto a variety of surfaces, personalized furniture, and cut or mosaic tile articles. Fabric renderings include painted or applique banners as well as baldrics and tabards of office, heraldic table linens, and flags and pennants. Personalized feast settings, mirror boxes, and other unusual items are available as well. They can render other period designs of a more generic nature, such as standalone charges (fleur-de-lis, Celtic cross, animals, mermaids, and such) into any of the available media.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2008-11-05 22:14
The remains of a Chinese ship carrying earthenware jars, painted bowls and gold cups dating to the 7th - 10th centuries, has been discovered off the southeast coast of Sumatra. The lavishness of the artifacts leads experts to speculate that the items might have been gifts from the Tang Emperor.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-10-05 11:35
Excavations have uncovered a 16th century pottery kiln near Tula, Russia. The kiln may have been used to make bricks for the Tula Kremlin. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-09-29 10:37
THL Neathery of Safita has posted photos from the recent Glass and Metal Workers Symposium in the Barony of Three Rivers, Kingdom of Calontir. Lady Thora Sigurdsdottir adds a video of her own.
Submitted by samia on Sat, 2008-09-13 09:00
A rare Islamic rock crystal ewer is reclassified after being sold as post-industrial French antique for about UK£200. It will auction at Christie's London this October for more than UK£3 million. It is one of eight known extant rock crystal ewers from the period. (picture)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-09-12 11:26
Grave Goods, an exhibit of the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen with a medieval theme, will be on display through November 1, 2008 at the Woodstock Museum in Woodstock, Ontario.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-08-30 13:13
A new study suggests that medieval stained glass windows covered with tiny gold particles helped to purify the air when sunlight shone through them.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-08-17 09:04
Cottondale, Alabama art teacher and potter Kerry Kennedy spent the past year preparing to merchant her wares at the annual Pennsic War. Ashley Boyd for the Tuscaloosa News had the story.